Close contact quarantine rules to be scrapped

Quarantine requirements will be removed for close contacts from Thursday, April 28 at 6pm.

State Health Minister Yvette D’Ath said that now the state was over 92 per cent fully vaccinated, it was the right time to relax contact rules.

Unvaccinated travellers will also be allowed to enter the state without quarantining.

“When COVID reached our state, Queenslanders pulled together to deliver one of the world’s most successful pandemic responses,” she said.

“At every stage of the pandemic, Queenslanders followed the health advice to protect them and their loved ones and to keep our economy strong.

“The health advice means we can now take the next step and remove quarantine requirements for close contacts.

“This will provide a much-needed boost to businesses and allow many workers to return to their jobs.

“Because we’ve listened to the health advice and because more than 92 per cent are fully vaccinated, Queenslanders can move forward with increased confidence.”

However the measures being announced today only apply to asymptomatic close contacts.

Close contacts who have symptoms of COVID-19 will be required to test and to isolate until these symptoms resolve, even if they return a negative RAT result.

Under the new arrangements, close contacts will need to wear masks outside their home for seven days and will need to have a negative COVID-19 test result every second day since becoming a close contact.

Minister D’Ath said close contacts who work in a vulnerable setting will still need to meet a range of criteria, including meeting the vaccination requirements, wearing a mask at all times, being free of symptoms, and undertaking regular COVID-19 testing.

“We’ll continue to ensure our pandemic response prioritises the health and wellbeing of all Queenslanders,” the Minister said.

Ms D’Ath said the decision to remove quarantine rules for travellers would deliver a “shot in the arm to our tourism industry”.

“We hope to see many thousands of international travellers visiting Queensland thanks to these changes,” she said.

International arrivals, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated, will still need to return a negative COVID-19 test result within 24 hours of their arrival and will need to undertake further testing if they develop symptoms.